Olde Bartholomew | Yards Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Yards Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States
yardsbrewing.com

Style: English Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by NeroFiddled on 12-25-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
129
Reviews:
41
Avg:
3.65
pDev:
12.6%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
23
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 129 |  Reviews: 41
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2.08/5  rDev -43%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 1.75

Photo of djmichaelk
2.37/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle, courtesy of alefish (thanks David), into a Kate snifter.

A - Pours a clear golden-amber, with a huge three fingers of fluffy off-white head. Plenty of lacing and great retention. Nice start.

S - Sweetness and malt lead off, with a slight nuttiness in the background. It smells more like a nut brown ale than a barleywine.

T - The nut brown theme continues -- it's sweet, but not in the typical English Barleywine way, where you'd expect toffee-like flavors. This is more of an acrid, unpleasant sweetness, more almond than peanut, and a short, bitter finish. I can't help but think this is classified in the wrong style.

M - It's reasonably meaty, but for a barleywine it's thin. Carbonation is a touch too sharp, and it's very drying.

O - Definitely a disappointment. After having some stellar English Barleywines recently, this is certainly a lower-tier offering.

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2.5/5  rDev -31.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -31.5%

Photo of happy4hoppybeer
2.53/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Deep reddish-orange with frothy white head, about a finger and half thick. Good retention.

Light nose of fruits, light caramel, some nuts and toffee. Nothing too powerful, just pleasant.

Medium body, with unimpressive taste. Some fruitiness and light nut flavors , but that's about it. Not much going on here.

Have definitely had better barleywines than this, and trust me, there is better.

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Photo of brez8791
2.75/5  rDev -24.7%

Photo of kawilliams81
2.76/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12 oz bottle into Alesmith Horny Devil snifter.

A- pours a dark orange with a 2 finger white head. Has a nice ring of lacingq.

S- not much here. Pilsner malts, some sweetness and slight brown sugar, cinnamon.

T- high alcohol beer with some sweetness and spices.

M- medium body, slight creaminess with some alcohol bite.

O- bad Barleywine, bad beer. Not sure how this is even close to a 3.anything but not a good effort here.
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Photo of TheBeerdedCharmer
2.8/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

I am extremely disappointed with this. I love Yards. It is the first brewery I ever went to. Just visited again last month and the majority of the beers hold up. This was a new one for me but it is without a doubt sub-par. English Barleywines are my favorite style. This is not an English Barleywine. As soon as it was opened, it smelled like a macro adjunct lager. The taste is not much better.

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Photo of hamrwolf
3/5  rDev -17.8%

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3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of billbeers
3/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3/5  rDev -17.8%

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3/5  rDev -17.8%

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3/5  rDev -17.8%

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3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of muskiesman
3.18/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured into snifter from bottle

Surprisingly light gold very clear one finger white head and little lacing

Aroma of mild breads and sweet fruits maybe honey too

Taste was light sugars honey caramel and soft ripe fruits pear and apple apricot perhaps

Mouth feel was moderate properly carbonated nice finish with the alcohol

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Photo of JamLand
3.25/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.25/5  rDev -11%

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3.25/5  rDev -11%

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3.25/5  rDev -11%

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3.25/5  rDev -11%

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3.25/5  rDev -11%

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3.25/5  rDev -11%

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3.25/5  rDev -11%

Photo of TheFightfan1
3.26/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Very happy to see this bottled now. Poured into a snifter. Pours a crystal clear copper color with some lighter golden-yellow highlights. Amazing carbonation that leaves a nice white bubbly cap and legs after every sip.

Mostly lighter citrus fruits bring the nose. Oranges , apricots, honey and slight woody touch as well.

Taste is not what I remembered from old bart on tap 2 years ago at the brewery. Mostly dominated by a thin, hot, boozey alcohol. Slight touch of the citrus fruits detected from the nose.

Light bodied, thin and boozey but it does have great carbonation that tingles the palate.

This seems to be a totally different beer now. I remember a lower ABV and much thicker body.

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Olde Bartholomew from Yards Brewing Co.
3.65 out of 5 based on 129 ratings.
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